Dazzle is kind of the odd duck in the list, as it was not designed to hide it’s wearer’s location, but it’s movement. It operated off of the same principle as zebra stripes and “consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other”. Naval scouts once had to use … More Dazzle Camo
MarPat was the United States Marine Corps first digital camo and was implemented throughout the entire Marine Forces in 2001. The color scheme seeks to update the US Woodland pattern into a pixelated micropattern. Although the Marines will tell you they came up with it independently, CadPat‘s influence is pretty obvious.
Pioneered by the Canadian Forces in 1996, CadPat was the world’s first digital camo pattern. Traditional camouflage like the ones we’ve talked about, use macropatterns which have sharp outlines and are easier to see. Digital camo, however, uses pixelated micropatterns which blur together and dither at a distance making them more difficult to pick out. … More CadPat Camo
Designed to blend into any type of terrain, weather, or lighting conditions. Multicam is the all-season tire of the camo world. Crye Precision developed Multicam in 2003 for American troops in Afghanistan who regularly move between alpine and desert, but needed one set of fatigues. The Iguana-like pattern has over a hundred separate image layers … More Multicam
This camo won a West German Army contest for designers in the mid 70’s and soon became standard issue for German troops. The Leopard-like pattern took Europe by storm in the same way as Woodland did in North America. As such, Flecktarn is often too commonplace for many European designers looking to stand out, but … More Flecktarn Camo
This design may look like something you’d see on an ikea shower curtain, but the Splinter pattern is another German Air Force invention from WW2 and describes the angular geometric shapes that look like splintered glass. The Luftwaffe design faded from military use shortly after the end of the war, but it’s bauhaus aesthetic has … More Splinter Camo
This is a 6 color pattern originally developed by the US Army in 1981, the name comes from the black spots designed to mimic rocks that give the pattern a cookie dough look. A favorite for desert warfare, the pattern has been adopted by militaries from South Korea and Iraq to all over Africa.
This incorporates lots of vertical lines against a solid background to envoke the image of falling rain. The German Air Force experimented with early rain camo in WW2 but it’s heyday came during the Cold War when it became standard issue for almost every Warsaw Port country in Central Europe Rogue Territory brought the pattern … More Raindrop Camo
This is probably the first pattern that pops into your mind when you think of camo, as it’s easily the most duplicated and modified pattern ever invented. The four-color design simply took ERDL and enlarged the pattern by 60%. It was the Battle Dress Uniform pattern for almost all American armed forces from 1981 through … More US Woodland
In 1948, the US Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratory (ERDL) designed a general purpose forest pattern that would mimic the Browns of leaves, the greens of grass, and the blacks of twigs and branches. ERDL is basically the grandfather of all camouflage patterns in the better half of the 20th century, most notably for … More ERDL